COLUMBUS, Ohio– Bowling Green had lost eight consecutive games to Ohio State dating back to the 1987 season, but on a nippy night at Bill Davis Stadium the Falcons collected 11 hits and played nearly flawless defense on the way to a 5-4 win in front of 582 fans. The Buckeyes’ record falls to 15-16 while BGSU improves to 14-19.
Bowling Green built a 3-0 lead on the Buckeyes with two runs in the third inning and another in the fourth. Frank Berry and Andrew Kubiski opened the third with singles and ended up scoring with the aid of a walk, a groundout and a couple of wild pitches.
A Buckeye error contributed to Clay Duncan’s score in the fourth after he had reached on a double.
BGSU starter Matt Malewitz cruised through the first three innings by not surrendering a hit and pitching with a man on only once. But Ryan Cypret hit a one-out single in the fourth to get the Buckeyes’ first hit of the game. Then with two down, Matt Streng and Brad Hallberg singled with Cypret scoring on Hallberg’s hit, and then David Corna tied the game at 3-all with a two-run double off the base of the left field wall.
The Falcons regained the lead off Buckeye reliever John Kuchno with two runs in the sixth. Four consecutive one out hits, including RBI singles by Alex Davison and Frank Berry made the score 5-3. Then after a walk loaded the bases, BGSU leading hitter Jon Berti lined a shot to first that Brad Hallberg snapped out of the air and then he tagged the runner at first for an inning-ending double play.
BGSU threatened again in the seventh inning, but the defense executed a flawless 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the inning and keep the score at 5-3 in favor of the Falcons. David Fathalikhani was on the mound and threw the right pitch for the right result.
The Buckeyes scratched out a run in the eighth to close the gap to one. Cypret came around to score on a balk call after reaching on a fielder’s choice and advancing up on an error.
In the ninth, Josh Dezse came in and, after giving up a single, got out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts. In the Buckeyes’ half of the ninth, Nick Bruns pitched a perfect inning to close out the contest and record his second save of the season.
Malewitz gets the win and improves to 1-2 with six innings of work. Kuchno drops to 1-4 with the loss.
Notes & Thoughts from Bill Davis Stadium (Where the grass is always greener!):